"I don't look at it as being overlooked," she said in an interview from her home in Arviat. "I don't take it that way the least bit."
Karetak-Lindell was the only Northern MP who was not given a cabinet seat or a job as parliamentary secretary when Martin announced his selections for top jobs Tuesday.
Western Arctic MP Ethel Blondin-Andrew was promoted to minister of state responsible for Northern development. Yukon MP Larry Bagnall will serve as parliamentary secretary to the energy minister.
Karetak-Lindell said that because she has such a large riding she has a tough enough job as it is.
"There are so many demands on my time as it is," she said. "The added duties of a cabinet position would only stretch my time even thinner," she said.
Karetak-Lindell said she has no hard feelings about not being named to that Northern position.
"Ethel has been a strong advocate for the North," said Karetak-Lindell. "She always talks about the North."
Karetak-Lindell stressed the two members get along well with each other.
"We are friends," Karetak-Lindell said of Blondin-Andrew. "I have always worked closely with Ethel on issues. She has a lot of experience and she has been there a lot longer than I have. I have no worries about working with her."